Learn about five little-known women in history who made big contributions to our modern world, from Akiko Yosano to Rosalind Franklin.
Women in History
This Women’s History Month, step inside the world of saucey 16th-century courtesan Veronica Franco, early champion for women’s rights.
Many feel the distorted images in Francesca Stern Woodman’s work comment on the way women are erased from and overlooked in society.
As the unequivocal queens of March Madness, the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team had won 75 straight games.
The poet Anne Sexton’s career was a direct result of her struggles with madness.
Though she doesn’t suffer from mental illness, Eleanor Holmes Norton has dedicated her life to what in the past seemed like a crazy idea: an inclusive country where everyone had equal rights.
A poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath’s career was plagued by depression and mania.
Queen Elizabeth I is known for many things but raising the profile of single women may be her most lasting legacy.
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” —Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize
Known as the “Witch of Wall Street,” Hetty Green was the richest woman in the United States in the late 19th century.
In 2014, Janet Yellen became the first female chair of the Federal Reserve—a historic appointment, given that women make up less than 30 percent of the economic field.
In 2020, Harriet Tubman will make history as the first woman on major U.S. currency.
During the Revolutionary War, Abigail Adams turned her husband’s position as an American diplomat in France into an entrepreneurial opportunity of her own.
The first American woman to become a self-made millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker made her money by creating a line of hair products for African American hair.